High-performance software-defined-radio (SDR) platforms can provide the multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) functionality, increased speed, and improved effectiveness demanded by advanced communication networks. They also can capture data at high sample rates and transfer that data across high-speed communication links by using a powerful host system.
In addition, SDR systems offer high-quality RF performance in their signal chains, enabling advanced antenna systems. As a result, they’re able to work effectively in congested environments.
This article explores various capabilities of high-performance SDR systems, how their performance is achieved, and how they benefit advanced communication networks. We discuss how MIMO communications help to enhance raw data throughput in applications where the spectral environment is limited, congested, or challenging.